If Sophie does stay the night, you can expect disapproving looks from security staff when you leave your apartment block in the morning.
So how does the expat man approach the ritual of courting without flouting local mores and getting kicked out of the country?
Unless you are working on a construction site, you will meet good-looking women everyday in Dubai.
With a median age of 27 (male and female), a vibrant nightlife and year-round sunshine, the whole thing can feel like a Club 18-30 holiday that never ends. Expats spend their tax-free salaries eating, drinking and generally showing off in public, so there is ample opportunity to meet the desired sex.
This is not a place for shrinking violets; striking up a conversation with a stranger is easy and normal.
Moving to Dubai is much like your first year at university.
Everything is new and exciting, and you’ll meet other ‘freshers’ just as wide-eyed as you.
A cultural date might involve an art exhibition in the Al Quoz industrial district, or a burlesque show at The Act – a faux-baroque supper club on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.
If you settle on a cinema date, take a jumper as the air-conditioning in cinemas would make a penguin shiver.
85pc of the city's population is from overseas, which means most Dubai residents have gone through the process of landing in a foreign land and going out to make friends.